Blog Tour: Atlantia by Ally Condie – Review, Q&A + Giveaway!

16th Oct 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews, Reviews by Jess

Blog Tour: Atlantia by Ally Condie – Review, Q&A + Giveaway!Atlantia by Ally Condie
Published by Dutton Juvenile on October 28th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Source: Blog Tour
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3.5 Stars
Can you hear Atlantia breathing?

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Hi Ally! Thanks for being with us today!

Thank you for having me! I very much appreciate it! :)

1. First thing we must know is, would you choose to live Below or Above?

I would choose to live Above. I think I’d lose my mind if I had to live Below. I’d be way too worried that something would break! But I do think the Below is very cool. I can see why Rio and Bay love it so much.

2. If Above, what’s the one thing you’d miss most from the world Below? If Below, what’s the one thing you’d feel you missed out on in the world Above?

If I were Above, I think I would most miss the breathing of the city from the Below. I think that’s the kind of thing that would really become a part of you.

If I were Below, I’d miss the sky the most, the sense of space.

3. There were a lot of neat inventions in the Below — metallic trees, robotic fish, drones! Which was the most fun to create?

Oh, thank you! I had the most fun with the trees and the fish, I think. I have some awesome inspiration pictures on my Pinterest board that I looked at a lot once I had the initial ideas. There really are some metal trees out there in the world (there’s a particularly beautiful one in Austin, Texas) and I’d love to see them someday.

4. Atlantia is a standalone book, but you’ve also written a couple of trilogies, Matched and Yearbook. Do you now have a preference on writing standalones vs. series?

I can’t believe you mentioned the Yearbook trilogy! No one ever knows about that series. ;) It’s hard to say which I prefer, because the most fun I’ve had writing has been the Matched Trilogy and Atlantia. So I couldn’t pick, because they’re both very different. Right now I’m working on another standalone, though, so maybe I’m having a slight preference toward that these days.

5. So what’s next from you? Anything in the works?

Yes! I teased it a little bit above, but I’m working on a YA standalone, set in a very different world from Atlantia. It’s been a book I’ve wanted to write for years, and I’m having a wonderful time with it so far. :)

Thoughts on Atlantia

Here at Gone with the Words, we claim TEAM BELOW! Oh, yes. They said the Above is hot and I was all noooooooo, sir. I live in Texas now and I know hot and do. not. want. more. So I signed myself up for the Below.

It’s true. I’ve always wanted to live under the sea, like Ariel, and I was at one point fascinated with underwater cities/ruins. So of course I’d choose the Below! Once I started reading and learning all about it, I knew I’d made the right choice.

There were so many neat things down there! Now, the people running the show? Maybe not what they seem. The story is always building up, always moving. With Atlantia being a standalone book, Ally Condie did a great job with the pacing.

Rio was an interesting character because she’s taught to pretty much make herself invisible for certain reasons, but her personality is not that at all. She’s brave and confidant. There’s a little bit of love story, but it’s definitely not the focus of the book.

Rio’s mission to follow her sister and make it to the Above drives this story, and the secrets Atlantia and the people ruling it are keeping are a bit of a mystery. Not every is as it seems, so it definitely kept me reading to find out the truth of it all.



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The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts Giveaway!

2nd Oct 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts Giveaway!The Bodies We Wear by Jeyn Roberts
Series: The Bodies We Wear #1
Published by Knopf BfYR on September 23rd 2014
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
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“The plot is fast-moving and well-structured…Faye’s strong yet flawed character is worth getting to know.” —Kirkus Reviews

People say when you take Heam, your body momentarily dies and you catch a glimpse of heaven. Faye was only eleven when dealers forced Heam on her and her best friend, Christian. But Faye didn’t glimpse heaven—she saw hell. And Christian died.

Now Faye spends her days hiding her secret from the kids at school, and her nights training to take revenge on the men who destroyed her life and murdered her best friend. But life never goes the way we think it will. When a mysterious young man named Chael appears, Faye’s plan suddenly gets a lot more complicated. Chael seems to know everything about her, including her past. But too many secrets start tearing her world apart: trouble at school, with the police, and with the people she thought might be her friends. Even Gazer, her guardian, fears she’s become too obsessed with vengeance. Love and death. Will Faye overcome her desires, or will her quest for revenge consume her?

Roberts’s sophisticated plotting and strong authorial voice mark her as an emerging, and formidable, talent. THE BODIES WE WEAR is an action-driven revenge story that delivers on adrenaline and will hook and hold readers to the shocking end.

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About the Author

JEYN ROBERTS is the author of Dark Inside and Rage Within. Her first story was published in a middle-grade anthology called Let Me Tell You when she was sixteen. She graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in writing and psychology and received her MA from the prestigious creative-writing graduate course at Bath Spa University. Jeyn is a former singer, songwriter, actress, bicycle courier, and tree planter. Her favorite authors include Betty Smith, J. K. Rowling, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Coupland, and Jonathan Stroud, and her five favorite books of all time are A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Girlfriend in a Coma, Memoirs of a Geisha, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Harry Potter. Jeyn lives in Canada. Visit her at or follow her on twitter at @JeynRoberts.



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The Best of Me Giveaway!

29th Sep 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Giveaways

The Best of Me Giveaway!


I have the most awesome giveaway for you guys today! As a fan of Nicholas Sparks movies, I’m really excited for The Best of Me to hit theaters October 17! If you feel the same, Relativity is offering you the chance to see it on them!


The Best of Me movie

About the Film

Based on the bestselling novel by acclaimed author Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me tells the story of Dawson and Amanda, two former high school sweethearts who find themselves reunited after 20 years apart, when they return to their small town for the funeral of a beloved friend. Their bittersweet reunion reignites the love they’ve never forgotten, but soon they discover the forces that drove them apart twenty years ago live on, posing even more serious threats today. Spanning decades, this epic love story captures the enduring power of our first true love, and the wrenching choices we face when confronted with elusive second chances.

The Best of Me stars James Marsden, Michelle Monaghan, Luke Bracey and Liana Liberato.


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One (1) winner receives:

  • $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
  • Movie tie-in book

Courtesy of Relativity Media
Open to US mailing addresses only

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A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog Tour

2nd Sep 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways

A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog Tour

A Day In The Life of Amy Zhang, author of Falling Into Place – Blog TourFalling into Place by Amy Zhang
Published by Greenwillow Books on September 9th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Blog Tour
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On the day Liz Emerson tries to die, they had reviewed Newton’s laws of motion in physics class. Then, after school, she put them into practice by running her Mercedes off the road. 

Why? Why did Liz Emerson decide that the world would be better off without her? Why did she give up? Vividly told by an unexpected and surprising narrator, this heartbreaking and nonlinear novel pieces together the short and devastating life of Meridian High’s most popular junior girl. Mass, acceleration, momentum, force—Liz didn’t understand it in physics, and even as her Mercedes hurtles toward the tree, she doesn’t understand it now. How do we impact one another? How do our actions reverberate? What does it mean to be a friend? To love someone? To be a daughter? Or a mother? Is life truly more than cause and effect? Amy Zhang’s haunting and universal story will appeal to fans of Lauren Oliver, Gayle Forman, and Jay Asher.

HAPPY TUESDAY!! Every wonder what a day in the life of an author is like? Amy Zhang is here to educate you on just that. Thank you, Amy!


A Day In The Life

This is a simple break down of your day. You can do it by listing it off by hour, half hour, minute…jump around! Feel free to make it as long as you like, but try to go from getting out of bed to getting back in – even if you have to leave gaps open in it…


8 AM: wake up. Check email. Groan. Tell myself that I can sleep for another five minutes.

9 AM: “Well, crap. That wasn’t five minutes.” Briefly consider sleeping for another five minutes. Check email again. Check Tumblr, Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram. Play a little 2048 to “wake my brain up.”

9:30 AM: drag myself out of bed, go downstairs to make tea and toast. Trudge back to my room, look over what I wrote yesterday. Head, meet desk. Mutter variations of, “Oh, God, this is all terrible, I should delete this whole thing, I should quit.” Bemoan existence.

10 AM: “I should check Tumblr again.” Check Tumblr. Check email. Check Instagram. Check Twitter. Check Facebook. Spend an ungodly amount of time on Pinterest.

11 AM: Is it time for lunch yet? No? Whatever, second breakfast then. Go downstairs, make tea, toast a bagel. Realize that I don’t actually like bagels. Drag myself back upstairs with a pack of crackers that I will probably decide I don’t want as soon as I get to the top of the stairs.

12 PM: I might actually be awake now. Time for actual work. Check college email. Sees a new survey, consider doing it, but ultimately convince myself that I’ll do it tomorrow (hahaha LIES). Check various other emails. Post a picture to Instagram, along with a quote from Falling Into Place for #100daysofFiP. Look at clock. Freak out—how the heck has it been an hour already?

1 PM: Settle down to write. Unlock phone to disable wi-fi and open my No Distraction app, but I’ll inevitably get distracted before I get that far. Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, etc. Ooooh, new items on Modcloth! Hunter boots on sale! Daily poor financial decision—check.



4 PM: Get a text. Response: “No, I’m not busy! Let’s go get coffee/go to the beach/make more poor decisions!

6 PM: “HOLY CRAP WHERE DID THE DAY GO?” Hurriedly play piano, eat dinner. Keep an eye on the clock. Cry.

7 PM: Finally coax myself into my writing arrangement: Write-or-Die for 750 words per 30 minutes, one Ghirardelli sea salt & almond Mini per 1,000 words, bathroom breaks per 2,000. Wi-fi is disabled, concentration app is on. Writing finally commences.

12 AM: Untangle self from chair, stumble to the bathroom. Shower, get into bed. Grab laptop. “Oh, sure, I have enough time for another thousand words.”

1 AM: “Huh, that went pretty fast. I’m on a roll! This book is going to be fantastic! I’m brilliant!”

2 AM: document word count for the day. Pass out.

This. Sounds. Perfect. WANT. :D


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Tour Schedule

September 2nd:
Scott Reads It – REVIEW
September 3rd:
Fire and Ice – SPOTLIGHT
September 4th:
Swoony Boys Podcast – REVIEW
September 5th:
Such A Novel Idea – REVIEW
September 8th:
Once Upon A Twilight: MUSIC PLAYLIST
September 9th:
Fiktshun – REVIEW
September 10th:
My Book Addiction – REVIEW
September 11th:
Chapter by Chapter – REVIEW
September 12th:
Fictitious Delicious – REVIEW



About Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang

Amy Zhang used to have lots of imaginary friends. When people told her to grow up, she turned her imaginary friends into characters and started telling their stories. When she isn’t writing, she can be found playing piano, hitting balls on the tennis court, or struggling through her weekly existential crisis. She lives in Wisconsin with her family.

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Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!

31st Aug 2014 Jess @ Gone with the Words 2014, Blog Tours, Giveaways, Guest Posts

Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!

Guest Post: The Meeting by Isabel Gillies, author of Starry Night + Giveaway!Starry Night by Isabel Gillies
Published by Farrar Straus and Giroux BfYR on September 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Format: Hardcover
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Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies's Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?

Today I’m very happy to share with you a guest post from Isabel Gillies as of the Starry Night Blog Tour! Welcome, Isabel!


I know I am supposed to be writing about love and paintings in the days just before my book about love and paintings comes out, but what’s on my mind are meetings. And I mean like seemingly boring, wonky meetings – like PTA meetings. I have heard my whole life that you should write about what interests you. It’s not that love doesn’t interest me, quite the opposite, I’m obsessed and have been since I slept with the Sean Cassidy record under my pillow, it’s just that I have something else on my brain today.

This summer I have been involved with a number of issues in my community. One of them is ticks. On the island in Maine where my parents live all year, and I live in the summer, we are having a health crisis of sorts. It’s happening all over the country. People are getting Lyme Disease, and other tick-born illnesses from these darn ticks that use deer as breeding grounds. IT’S A MASSIVE PROBLEM! I will not go into it because it’s so big, and complex and if you are not as deep-in as I am, I guess it’s sort of inside baseball, but I will say everyone is having a hard time figuring out what to do – and we have a lot of meetings about it, and they are sooo interesting. It’s not what we are talking about that is so fascinating, it’s what happens with the people.

Here’s why I am now crazy in love with meetings: Communication! I am in awe of what gets done when people gather around a table and talk and listen. We think, or maybe I think, because we have worlds of information at our fingertips with the internet, and because we can reach someone in seconds with a text, that we are all set, no need to actually see each other to get to the bottom of a problem. It’s my experience this summer that all that is hooey! We must gather, face to face and hash out the idea and concerns of the day.

I would love to know if there is any science behind the meeting. If you think of ancient history, people gathered around the fire to figure out how to get the illusive buffalo, or solve a crisis because of drought, right? It’s King Arthur and the Round Table. That table is where they planed the battles. I’m certainly not the first person to say it’s important to assemble, it’s just that since I don’t work in an office and I haven’t been in school in a while, I have forgotten how amazing it is to be a part of a group trying to come to a solution or brain storm. It’s like watching growth. You start with a problem. People think, throw out ideas – time passes – the idea goes away, and then magically turns up again, but maybe this time a different person puts it forward, it’s slightly changed, better maybe, eye brows raise, people say, “Hey – that could be really cool and might work!” And before you know it everyone has agreed and is high five-ing and feeling satisfied that whatever needed to get done, will.

I am leaving these meetings feeling kind of in love. I think the reason for that is, at its essence, being in love is the communication of feelings. Two people bouncing off each other, mingling and connecting. Now, I don’t want to hold hands and make out in the movie theater with the people I’m in the meeting with, but I do feel close to them, closer than before we met. That is community man, and I dig it.
Thank you, Isabel!


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About Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies, a lifelong New Yorker and actress for many years, is the New York Times best selling author of Happens Every Day, A Year and Six Seconds and the upcoming Starry Night (FSG), a young adult novel about first love. Her work has been published in Vogue, The New York Times, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan and Saveur. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, kids and Maude the dog.

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